Monograph Roundup

Insight, 26. October 2015
By: John Hill

It's the last half of 2015 and the monograph – long bemoaned to be on the way out – is alive and well, as witnessed by these dozen recently published (or soon-to-be-published) monographs on World-Architects member firms.

Allied Works Architecture: "Case Work: Drawings and Models" (Metropolis Books)

Allied Works Architecture
Case Work: Drawings and Models

Metropolis Books

From the publisher:

This publication offers a new perspective on the work of Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture, recognized for designing buildings of enduring quality and cultural significance over the past 20 years. Published to accompany an exhibition opening at the Denver Art Museum in January 2016, the book offers an inside view into Allied Works’ unique approach to design, a process driven by a rich material and physical investigation.

For Cloepfil and Allied Works, each project begins with the creation of hand drawings and concept models. These highly evocative artifacts–forged of diverse matter such as reclaimed timbers, porcelain, resin, glass, lead and steel–distill the essence of each project, and explore the dialogue among material, technique and intention that lies at the heart of architectural practice.

The book also documents Cloepfil’s design for the installation: a series of custom-built cases, which open up to reveal a collection of artifacts inside, including models, drawings, photographs, pieces of materials and other objects that have provided conceptual inspiration. New essays by Brad Cloepfil and curator Dean Sobel place the work in context, and explore how this singular collection of artifacts reveals the process of creation in architecture–the act of translating ideas into built form.

Barozzi/Veiga: "Barrozi Veiga Arquitectos" (Park Books)

Barrozi Veiga Arquitectos 

Park Books

From the publisher:

Barozzi Veiga Arquitectos are a Barcelona-based firm that was established by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga in 2004. In their first decade, they have built—and won awards for—major projects in Spain, Poland, Switzerland, and other European countries.

This beautifully produced volume is the first comprehensive monograph on the firm. While it features the standard elements of such a work—including images, drawings, plans, and contextual references for all the firm’s major works—it also aims to offer more, presenting a broader, more intellectual take on Barozzi Veiga’s output and the way that it reflects the firm’s desire to find and draw on the primal condition of each location where they build.

BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group: "BIG. HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation" (Taschen)

BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG. HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation


From the publisher:

After the global success of YES IS MORE, one of the best-selling architecture books of its generation, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group presents HOT TO COLD, an odyssey of architectural adaptation. The book coincides with the HOT TO COLD show at theNational Building Museum in Washington DC and presents 60 case studies in harsh climate conditions in order to examine where and how we live on our planet.

As we travel from one end of the spectrum to its opposite we will see that the more harsh the climate gets, the more intense its impact on the architecture. The central challenge is tomitigate the climatic extremes for hospitable human life, while finding solutions that can be both economically and environmentally profitable.

Architecture is the art and science of accommodating the lives we want to live. Our cities and buildings aren't givens; they are the way they are because that is as far as we have gotten to date. They are the best efforts of our ancestors and fellow planetizens, and if they have shortcomings, it is up to us to continue that effort, pick up where they left off. HOT TO COLD stays true to BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group's grand mission to find a pragmatic utopia, shaping not only a particular structural entity, but the kind of world we wish to inhabit.

Alexander Brenner: "Alexander Brenner: Villas and Houses 2010-2015" (Callwey Verlag)

Alexander Brenner
Alexander Brenner: Villas and Houses 2010-2015


From the publisher:

Aesthetics and functionality determine the architectural language of the buildings of Alexander Brenner. Following the success of his first book, the multi-award winning architect from Stuttgart is now publishing a second volume with new houses and villas from between 2010 and 2015. 

The projects described here are illustrated with informative texts and stunning photographs. This is an inspirational book for architects and developers. 

Alberto Camp Baeza: "Campo Baeza. Complete Works." (Thames & Hudson)

Alberto Campo Baeza
Campo Baeza: Complete Works

Thames & Hudson

From the publisher:

Alberto Campo Baeza, one of contemporary architecture’s most distinguished voices, is renowned for a body of work that exudes the power of radical simplicity.

The clarity of architectural ideas expressed in his buildings have ranged in scale from such small but beautiful residential structures as the Turégano, Gaspar and De Blas houses, to cultural facilities such as Andalucia’s Museum of Memory in Granada, an addition to his earlier achievement, the Caja General Bank Headquarters. All share an uncompromising dedication to simple composition, and demonstrate the ways in which he so brilliantly deploys disciplined restraint to achieve architectural silence in the face of the clamour of the modern city.

Flores & Prats: "Thought by Hand" (Arquine)

Flores & Prats
Thought by Hand: The Architecture of Flores & Prats


From the publisher:

Thought by Hand documents the work of Flores & Prats, an architecture studio founded in 1997 by Ricardo Flores and Eva Parts, that combines working on projects and constructions with a busy academic schedule at various universities. The book reflects the essence of its authors by displaying their design processes that range from sketches and drawings to detailed models of each one of their projects. It compiles works including renovations, social housing, public spaces, neighborhood participation, and university workshops. Texts written by Miquel Adriá, Eva Prats, Ricardo Flores, Juan José Lahuerta, Adriá Goula, Joan Enric Prats, Cesc Segura, Manuel de Solá-Morales, Manuel Arguijo, Carlota Coloma, Adriá Lahuerta, Soraya Smithson, Miralda and Toni Casares.

Galli Rudolf Architekten: "Spatial Adaptations 1998-2014" (Park Books)

Galli Rudolf
Galli Rudolf Architekten: Spatial Adaptations 1998-2014

(Park Books)

From the publisher:

The Zürich-based firm Galli Rudolf Architekten has built a range of projects in housing, mixed-use developments, and schools and has garnered acclaim for its innovation in integrating and preserving historic buildings in the midst of large rebuilding or redevelopment projects. This volume is the first to take a detailed look at the firm. A wealth of plans, images, and diagrams are complemented by a series of essays that take up the architects’ education, cultural interests and interactions with artists, their focus on community, and, crucially, their strategies for organizing space—and using space to frame projects at the urban periphery and maintain historical continuity even in the midst of change.

Photographs are contributed by Hélène Binet, Tom Bisig, Ralph Feiner, Roger Frei, Hannes Henz, and Dominique Marc Wehrli.

David Hertz: "The Restorative Home: Ecological Houses by David Hertz" (ORO Editions)

David Hertz
The Restorative Home: Ecological Houses by David Hertz 

ORO Editions

From the publisher:

This monograph represents over a dozen houses selected from the last 30 years, from one of the pioneers in sustainable architecture. With a foreword by Michael Webb this large landscape formatted book is beautifully laid out with striking photographs depicting not only the finished works, but some showing the unique construction process’ as well. Each residence has a detailed project description and select drawings that explain the design process and how modern materials can be exploited to create self–sustaining homes, which work to restore not just the environment around them, but the people who call them home.

Janson Goldstein: "Janson Goldstein: Work" (Images Publishing)

Janson Goldstein
Janson Goldstein: Work

Images Publishing

From the publisher:

This is the first monograph by New York–based architecture and interior design firm Janson Goldstein. Janson Goldstein’s diverse practice ranges from artisan-crafted custom furnishings, to highly personalized homes and apartments, to large-scale urban retail, hospitality, and condominium projects.

The firm’s founding principles were to bring the disciplines of architecture and interior design together under one roof, and to embrace a diversity of project typologies. The result is a richness of unique ideas, from conceptual development through to the materiality of the executed work, that is evident in every project.

Olson Kundig Architects: "Tom Kundig: Works" (Princeton Architectural Press)

Olson Kundig Architects
Tom Kundig: Works 

Princeton Architectural Press

From the publisher:

In Tom Kundig: Works, the celebrated Seattle-based architect presents eighteen new projects, from Hawaii to New York City. Kundig's award-winning houses, known for their rugged yet elegant and welcoming style, are showcased in lush photography with drawings and sketches, and appear alongside his commercial work from multistory complexes to the Tacoma Art Museum to a line of hardware (handles, door pulls, hinges, and more). In firsthand accounts, Kundig describes the projects and his design process with many personal anecdotes, making Tom Kundig: Works as much memoir as monograph.

The book also includes an introduction by design journalist Pilar Viladas and three revealing conversations with the architect and his frequent collaborators: gizmologist Phil Turner (the man behind the amazing mechanical apparatuses featured in much of Kundig's work), contractor Jim Dow of Schuchart/Dow (master builder and craftsman responsible for many of the projects), and clients Shane Atchison of Studhorse and Jack Anderson of the Bigwood Residence.

Snøhetta: "People Process Projects" (Forlaget Press)

People Process Projects

Forlaget Press

From the architect:

Published on June 18 2015, parallel with the opening of the Snøhetta exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, the new Snøhetta book is a tribute to the people, process and projects that is Snøhetta. It is a collection our most beautiful photography, sketches and models, bringing forward less obvious views and details to our work.

The 300 page book, designed by Snøhetta, celebrates not only the completed and ongoing projects, but perhaps the most important project of them all: Snøhetta.

Weiss/Manfredi: "Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures" (Princeton Architectural Press)

Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures 

Princeton Architectural Press

From the publisher:

As elements of the built landscape, works of infrastructure are a means rather than an end. Our cities' rail lines, bridges, highways, waterways and off-ramps are essential in a practical sense, but dead in a social one because they create boundaries that prevent one metropolis from physically connecting with another. Yet their very physical presence reveals hidden qualities key to revitalizing urban life. In Public Natures, New York City-based firm WEISS/MANFREDI tests such possibilities by crafting a hybrid manifesto/monograph filled with essays, roundtable discussions, and recent projects that explore new opportunities for infrastructure.

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